One of the oldest rivalries in sport gets underway once more tonight, with Australia tackling tournament favourites and hosts England at the Cricket World Cup.
Pat Cummins has taken out the Allan Border Medal for 2019 at the Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne.
Cummins finished with 156 votes, with Nathan Lyon finishing second with 150 votes.
The quick has been outstanding over the past year, arguably becoming Australia’s most valuable cricketer in the Test arena.
His ability to take a wicket when it’s most needed has made him Tim Paine’s go-to man.
We also learnt that his batting should not be underestimated, especially in the Test arena. The trait of being able to bat long periods of time makes him more than useful down the order.
Alyssa Healy was awarded the Belinda Clark Award after her sensational run of recent form. Healy polled 128 votes to win the award by a huge margin, with the next best being Megan Schutt with 81 votes.
Lyon was deemed the Test Player of the Year, after another superb season with the ball.
Marcus Stoinis’ game has gone up another level in recent times, which saw him awarded the ODI Player of the Year.
Healy’s form also saw her awarded the best female ODI Player of the Year. Her night did not end at that, however, as she also took out the T20 female International Player of the Year.
Glenn Maxwell’s talent and performances proved too much to resist when it came to awarding the T20 International Player of the Year.
Matthew Wade’s domestic form may have gone unnoticed by the national selection panel in recent times, but those who voted for the Domestic Player of the Year saw Wade as the best option.
Heather Graham took out the female Domestic Player of the Year, also.
When it came to rewarding the future of Australian cricket, Will Pucovski was the no-brainer when it came to awarding the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year.
The Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year was awarded to Georgia Wareham.
Off the field, Moses Henriques was awarded the Community Champion Award for raising awareness around mental health.
Billy Murdoch, Dean Jones and Cathryn Fitzpatrick were all inducted in Australian cricket’s Hall of Fame.
Allan Border Medal: Pat Cummins
Belinda Clark Award: Alyssa Healy
Test Player of the Year (Male): Nathan Lyon
ODI Player of the Year (Male): Marcus Stoinis
ODI Player of the Year (Female): Alyssa Healy
T20 International Player of the Year (Male): Glenn Maxwell
T20 International Player of the Year (Female): Alyssa Healy
Domestic Player of the Year (Male): Matthew Wade
Domestic Player of the Year (Female): Heather Graham
Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year (Male): Will Pucovski
Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year (Female): Georgia Wareham
Community Champion Award: Moses Henriques